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Can anybody recommend a make and model of cabin fan that has a low power consumption , low noise and reasonable price.
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Re: cabin fans

I installed three Bora fans at the beginning of this season. So far, I am very happy with the power draw and the amount of air they move. The are not silent, but they are quiet.

CAFRAMO Bora Three-Speed Fans at West Marine
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Re: cabin fans

Walmart sells one I use in my Van. I may use them in my boat someday.
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Re: cabin fans

We like the Caframo 2-blade fans with the "exposed" blades -- they are finger safe by design and I've stuck my fingers in a number of times and they're hurt. By not having a housing around the blades, you really get more air moving; I didn't realize how most fan designs block part of the air flow.

If you want a little "exhaust" fan in the galley, a good option is made by svHotware (don't just Google "Hotwire," you'll get the travel site). It looks like a computer fan, but it's a lot more robust and they've made it so it's easy to attach to a porthole.

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A 4-way wind is great for moving air through the boat -- moves far more air than a "traditional" wind scoop. Cruising Solutions has them for half the price of anyone else.
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Re: cabin fans

Another vote for Caframo 2-blade fans. I have 4 fitted and they keep me cool, they are quiet and don't draw much power.

Get a spare set of fan blades though as they do break.

Bosch Hella fans are good too.

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Re: cabin fans

Are the Hella's the ones that have open backs that you find on many of the Moorings charter boats? I don't like those at all. I don't know how many times I've accidentally touched the blade when trying to adjust a fan angle. It doesn't hurt, but it's still an unpleasant surprise when you are half asleep.

+1 on the Caframo Bora's--I have 3 of them on my boat. They are quieter than the Hellas's have had on charter boats. Current draw is fairly low. My only gripe is the pushbutton switch is stiff enough I have to hold the fan in place to click it.
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Re: cabin fans

I have three different fans on the boat, two of which are bulkhead mounted. The third is a small, battery powered fan that really does a great job and is dead quiet.



The bulkhead mounted fans draw .4 amps, which is OK for the amount of air they move, but they are a bit noisy.



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Re: cabin fans

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Walmart sells one I use in my Van. I may use them in my boat someday.
I bought a little Walmart 12V fan a couple of years ago. It lasted about a month.
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Re: cabin fans

For weekenders, fans that run on disposable batteries, will keep the kids from running the house battery down.
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Re: cabin fans

I also recommend the Caframo 2 speed. We replaced all 4 of our Hella's with these about 4 years ago and have been very pleased.
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